Week Fourteen Analysis:
Brandon Marshall garnered nine targets last week, which was only the third time he saw fewer than 10 in a game this season. Granted, Alshon Jeffery got all the glory against the Vikings, but there should be plenty to go around on Monday night against the Cowboys, who are one of six teams to allow more than 189 yards to opposing receiver units this season. This game is at Soldier Field, and that's where Marshall scored seven of his nine touchdowns this year. Dallas could also be a little thin at cornerback with Morris Claiborne questionable to play after aggravating a hamstring injury.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Brandon Marshall has been a menace to the Minnesota Vikings during his short tenure with Chicago. In three games, he is averaging more than nine catches and 120 yards with two total touchdowns. The Vikings have been victimized through the air all season, allowing more than 180 yards and a touchdown per game to wide receivers alone. This is a very nice matchup for Marshall, who has made ends meet just fine without Jay Cutler, topping 100 yards AND scoring at least one touchdown in three of his last four games. Minnesota may well be without injured cornerbacks Josh Robinson and Xavier Rhodes.
Week Twelve Analysis:
Brandon Marshall will be happy to get off that sloppy surface at Soldier Field and on to the quick track under the dome in St. Louis. The Rams are allowing over a touchdown per game to receivers, and No. 1 receivers have averaged well over 90 yards against them in the last three games, and those were guys like T.Y. Hilton, Kendall Wright, and Golden Tate. Josh McCown will start at quarterback, but he's proven able of running Marc Trestman's pass-friendly offense that relies on Brandon getting the ball. Marshall has garnered double-digit targets in six of the last seven games, and his six looks inside the five-yard line are second most in the league.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Six catches for 75 yards … that's Brandon Marshall's worst outing in his last six games! Despite the quarterback seesaw in Chicago, Marshall has been on fire the last two weeks, totaling 14 catches, 246 yards, and three touchdowns. He will next face the Ravens, who have been generous to receivers in the last five weeks, surrendering 174 yards and a touchdown per game to the position during that span. Marshall should expect a mix of coverage from talented cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, both of whom tend to say on their own sides of the field. But with the emergence of Alshon Jeffery, Baltimore will struggle to key their coverage on Marshall.
Week Ten Analysis:
That's not the gales of the Windy City. That's the collective sigh of relief from Brandon Marshall owners worrying about the superstar's status with Josh McCown at the helm. McCown has played well, and it's a favorable matchup for Marshall this week. The Lions have surrendered 195 yards per game to wide receivers and a total of seven touchdowns to the position in their last four games. Marshall snagged six balls for 81 yards and a score in his last home game against the Lions, and more recently, he has garnered 50% of the Bears' red zone targets over the last three games.
Week Nine Analysis:
For the Bears to hang with the Packers offense, Brandon Marshall will need to make big plays on Monday night at Lambeau. Chicago has really struggled on defense, and Green Bay isn't too stout either, so this could be a shootout. Comparable stud receivers like Anquan Boldin, Pierre Garcon, and A.J. Green have had big games against the Packers, averaging a touchdown per game to opposing receivers. Marshall scored against the Pack last season, so yeah you're starting him, even with Josh McCown at quarterback.
Week Seven Analysis:
After gouging the Giants last week for two touchdowns, Brandon Marshall looks to feast on another opponent from the NFC East, the Washington Redskins, who are ranked 31st in pass coverage. Dating back to last year, Marshall is averaging seven receptions, 92 yards, and nearly one touchdown per road game. This season, he also rests comfortably inside the top-10 among receivers in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Washington's depth at cornerback could be shallow after David Amerson was concussed last week, but expect Brandon to draw a lot of DeAngelo Hall, who recently managed to stifle Dez Bryant, but still concedes five inches and 30 pounds to Marshall.
Week Six Analysis:
Brandon Marshall was bothered by a foot injury and took a back seat to Alshon Jeffery last week, but he managed to score in his fourth straight home game dating back to last season. The Bears will welcome the Giants to town on a short week, a team that's allowed five touchdowns to receivers in their last three games. Opposing #1 receivers have also scored on New York in two straight games, and even though he'll have to share the spotlight a little more with Jeffery, Marshall's foot has improved and he is a must-start on Thursday night.
Week Five Analysis:
He's been a little quiet the last couple of weeks, but Brandon Marshall is still top-10 in targets, receptions, and yards this season. He's also averaging over eight receptions and 100 yards in his last five home games and has caught a touchdown in each of the last three. Marshall and the Bears will welcome the Saints on Sunday, who are much improved on defense, holding opponents under 14 points on average. According to Pro Football Focus, Saints cornerbacks have allowed only 126 receiving yards in coverage over the last two weeks. That said, the Saints have only faced one good passing offense, the Falcons in week one, and they got lit up for 300 and two scores. So, I'm not calling the Saints a shutdown secondary. Start Marshall like always.
Week Four Analysis:
The Lions are no longer a paper tiger on defense as they have yet to let a wide receiver score this season. But the Bears offense is clicking behind new head coach Marc Trestman. After spending a good chunk of his career lying on his back, Jay Cutler has been sacked just three times, meaning he has more time to see the field and let receivers finish their routes. Brandon Marshall totaled a modest 11 receptions, 123 yards, and one touchdown in two games against the Lions last season. But Detroit's cornerbacks struggled collectively as a unit last week, allowing 21 receptions to the Redskins, and as always, Marshall has potential to produce a monster stat line.
Week Three Analysis:
The Steelers are without a doubt, very stout against the pass – especially when Troy Polamalu is healthy...as he is now. But Brandon Marshall is built to tangle with the best. In 13 of his last 15 games Marshall has achieved one or more of the following milestones: catch 10-plus passes, go over 100 yards, or score a touchdown. That's unbelievable fantasy consistency. He has also scored a touchdown in six of his last seven games on the road. Ike Taylor doesn't budge, and will be pestering him all day in Pittsburgh, but by no means should that sway you from starting Brandon on Sunday.
Week Two Analysis:
Brandon Marshall's hip injury looked just fine last week as he fought double-teams amidst a stout Cincinnati secondary last Sunday. Brandon totaled a healthy 104 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. Now he's facing the Vikings defense, which allowed the second-most receptions to wide receivers last season and looked lost against the Lions last week. That obviously bodes well for this PPR powerhouse that combined for 22 catches, 252 yards, and a touchdown in two meetings with Minnesota last year.
Week One Analysis:
Forces are going to collide in this one when Brandon Marshall and the Bears tangle with the Bengals, who boast a defense that finished fourth-best in yards allowed to receivers, and yielded just 10 touchdowns to the position last year. Marshall isn't just any receiver though. Last season, he ranked top-three in touchdowns, targets, receptions, total yards, and yards per game; and he didn't struggle to find painted grass against vaunted secondaries like Dallas, Jacksonville, San Francisco, and Arizona. At 6'4"/230, Brandon towers over Cincy's starting corners, Leon Hall and Terrance Newman. Both defenders stand less than six feet and weigh under 200 pounds. This gives Marshall a huge advantage in the red zone, where last year he ranked first in targets inside the five and was second inside the ten and twenty. His hip is hurting, but he is expected to push through the pain and play.
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